Book Three of the Riyria Chonicles.
My Rating: 5/5
When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria is hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and the cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start life as rogues-for-hire. Things have gone well enough until they’re asked to help prevent a murder. Now they must venture into an ancient corner of the world to save a mysterious woman who knows more about Royce than is safe and cares less about herself than is sane.
From the best-selling author of The Riyria Revelations comes the third installment of The Riyria Chronicles. Although part of a series, it’s designed to thrill both new readers looking for fun, fast-paced fantasy and Riyria veterans wishing to reunite with old friends.
Michael J Sullivan has written a number of books on Royce and Hadrian’s adventures. What is great is that they do not need to be read in the publishing date order. Michael stated that he purposely made sure that neither would give major spoilers for the other books but dependent on which series you read first depends on your experience of the books – each with give you insights that the other books do not offer.
Although this is book three of the Riyria Chronicles, it is very easily accessible for new readers and could be read as a standalone book. There are mentions of The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn but these are not pinnacle to this volume.
I have been holding off buying The Death of Dulgath as I was waiting until I could buy the paper back version to match my collection. However, I just couldn’t wait any longer! I caved and bought the kindle edition (I will most certainly be buying a paper back version too!)
Michael J Sullivan is one of about three authors that I automatically recommend to everyone as his books have a little bit of something for everyone: action, suspense, twists, humour, fantastic characters, great settings and brilliant stories. This book was no different and was definitely worth the wait! I was up until stupid a clock in the morning finishing it.
Whilst in the other books Royce and Hadrian have been thieves for hire, this time they are hired as consultants. Royce and Hadrian have to travel to the province of Dulgath, a kingdom where everyone is healthy and it never rains during the day, to help foil the plot to assassinate the last surviving member of the ruling noble family.
As a huge fan of these two characters, I love seeing how their friendship develops over time, especially how Royce comes to trust Hadrian. Although Hadrian is usually the one who wears his heart on his sleeve, it was interesting to see Royce’s softer and more protective side.
I would definitely recommend this book, and series, to new or old readers of Sullivan and any fan of fantasy.